Today’s post comes from an email I received this week from Chantel in Wisconsin Continue reading

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know the spring semester around here means 20Time, a passion project where students spend 20% of class time for 12 weeks working on an individual plan approved by their peers. (A whole bunch of free materials, including handouts, to explain the project can be found […]

Sure, we know that Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter are modern examples of the Hero’s Journey, but there are a l-o-t of other popular films that also fit Joseph Campbell’s monomyth. A few that may surprise you: Continue reading

The man who created Roget’s Thesaurus, Peter Mark Roget, was born on January 18, 1779, a date loquacious scholars celebrate as National Thesaurus Day. (Thanks, Alex E., for the heads-up. I had no idea this was a thing.) Though my research failed to unearth the authority who had the power to make such a declaration, it seems like a nice thing to remember the retired doctor whose passion project helps us all sound a bit more erudite. Continue reading

Five years ago today, a stranger changed my life. Continue reading

It’s been a busy year on the blog, with 58 new posts (today’s is #59, that’s more than one per week – woot woot!) and a whole bunch of new subscribers to our cozy little English teacher community. As the year winds down, I thought you might enjoy seeing which articles collected the most clicks in 2017 and, perhaps, spot one or two you may have missed the first time around. Continue reading

So…yeah…it’s been nearly four months since I changed out the bulletin board, but last week I visited the giant color printer at Media Services and you can follow along a video field trip Continue reading